Here’s the thing: We tend to be our own worst critics. We expect perfection of ourselves and belittle and berate ourselves for being human and falling short. We all have times in our lives when we struggle and things begin to feel overwhelming or unmanageable. In those moments, when we could really benefit from some compassion and (dare I say it?) HELP, we tend to judge ourselves even more harshly than usual. We tend to believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness or laziness, and that we just need to try harder.
Well, that isn’t exactly true… or helpful, for that matter! Consider this: If someone that you really care about were facing that same struggle, what would you say or do? If your first reaction was, “Well, I’d want to help them, of course!”, there you have it. You are just as worthy of help as anybody else. If you’re having a hard time with something, and what you’ve been trying hasn’t been working, stop trying harder and start trying different. Give yourself the gift of self-compassion and reach out for and accept support.
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